Reformation Places and the use of Senses in their Design: Seclusion Spaces and Heightened Sensory Awareness/Responsiveness

By Eleni Tracada.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The author pursued research for many years in particular spaces, such as seclusion spaces (prisons and mental health hospices) since very young age; she used to attend open workshops organised by Giovanni Michelucci in Florence in the 1970s and 1980s. For many years, Giovanni Michelucci, Florentine architect famous for his concern with the needs, wellbeing, and interests of people, used to teach and get involved younger generations of designers and architects in projects of open prisons and places for people with special needs. His dream was to be able to create a place in which people would continue to live and meditate about their flawed patterns of life; their senses should be kept alive to be able to find a secure path to reform. His project Giardino di incontri (Meeting Garden) in the Sollicciano prison in the outskirts of Florence was completed several years after Michelucci’s death and it might have been also reduced in scale and meaning. But, it seems that it is still a better place to be in order to reflect upon misguided previous life and head for recovery. A thoughtful design and participation of senses could be a solution to many problems in enforcement of seclusion with intent to revitalize human beings’ broken lives and damned identities. It could be considered as a vital element especially in the recovery of women’s broken links with life.

Keywords: Seclusion Spaces, Enforced Environment, Timeless Senses, Time of Reformation, Sensory Awareness

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 10, pp.355-370. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 10.878MB).

Dr. Eleni Tracada

Senior Lecturer in Built Environment (Architecture), School of Technology, Faculty of Arts, Design and Technology, University of Derby, Derby, Derbyshire, UK

Born in Athens, Greece in 1953, Eleni Tracada pursued studies in Architecture in the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, Italy from 1974 to 1980 and qualified and worked as a self employed architect in Florence from 1983 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996 she studied in the Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a Masters of Arts in Interior Design. She studied in the University of Leeds and in December 2007 she was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; she had been teaching a range of modules in Interior Design in the Leeds College of Art & Design from 2001 to 2007. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Built Environment of the University of Derby. Between her commitments with the University of Derby, she moderates and assesses the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Interior Architecture of the prestigious Eleni & George Vakalo’School in Athens, Greece. She is a dedicated researcher in arts, design and architecture. Current research includes articles and papers on ‘Giovanni Michelucci and architecture and politics in Italy between 1922 and 1942’ and on Jorio Viarelli’s sculptural work in Giovanni Michelucci’s designs.


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